Podcast: The Double Standard That Police Display Toward Protests in Support of Palestinians

By: Sunday July 27, 2014 11:30 am

Thousands of people have been demonstrating in support of Palestinians and against Israel’s assault on Gaza in major cities across the United States. Police have shown some willingness to facilitate protests, but organizers have also experienced a double standard in the way police handle Palestinian supporters versus Israel supporters. Multiple examples of this double standard, [...]

Pro-Israel Real Estate Broker, Who Sells Condos in Trump Tower, Arrested at Chicago Rally for Carrying Gun

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 11:28 am

(update below) The Chicago chapter of the pro-Israel group, StandWithUs, organized a rally on July 22 to show support for the country’s military assault on Gaza. During the rally, a man was arrested by Chicago police for carrying a gun at the demonstration. Up until now, the man has been identified in the local press. [...]

FBI, JTTF & US Marshals Are Reportedly Visiting Political Activists About Thirty Year-Old Case

By: Friday July 4, 2014 10:37 am

Agents with the FBI, US Marshal’s Service and Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF) have reportedly been making visits to over a dozen political activists in Chicago, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area to ask about a case that is more than thirty years old. The case involves Donna Borup, who the FBI believes was [...]

Court: Judge ‘Disobeyed’ Statute, Defendant Shouldn’t Have Access to Secret Surveillance Records

By: Monday June 16, 2014 5:20 pm

A federal appeals court has overturned a first-of-its-kind ruling by a district court, which had granted a defendant access to secret surveillance records in his case. The court found the district court judge had “disobeyed” a statute and inappropriately decided to disclose materials to defense counsel. Adel Daoud, a young Muslim who was targeted and [...]

Chicago Police Sued for Acting in ‘Bad Faith’ By Failing to Provide ‘Stingray’ Surveillance Records

By: Tuesday June 10, 2014 4:13 pm

The Chicago Police Department is being sued for acting in “bad faith” and “willfully and intentionally” failing to provide records on the use of “Stingray” surveillance devices to track and locate cell phones. Freddy Martinez submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Chicago Police Department on March 22. He received an acknowledgment [...]

In Terrorism Case, Defense Challenges Being Barred from Secret Session on Access to Surveillance Records

By: Monday June 9, 2014 1:16 pm

The defense for a young Muslim who was arrested outside a Chicago bar in an undercover FBI sting operation and charged with trying to blow up the bar has submitted a motion objecting to a secret session that was held in court over access to secret surveillance records. Defense attorneys were barred from being present. [...]

Fear in Terrorism Case in Chicago Leads to Court Not Recording Oral Argument; Court Orders Do-Over

By: Saturday June 7, 2014 10:28 am

A federal appeals court in Chicago ordered a redo of an oral argument in a case where the government filed an appeal against a defendant’s access to secret surveillance records. Adel Daoud, a young Muslim who was arrested outside a Chicago bar in an undercover FBI sting operation, is charged with “attempting to use a [...]

In Hearing on Defendant’s Access to FISA Records, Court Shockingly Holds Secret Session with Prosecutors

By: Wednesday June 4, 2014 7:13 pm

A federal appeals court in Chicago granted the government a secret one-party hearing in the middle of what was supposed to be an open hearing on whether a defendant in facing terrorism charges should have access to secret surveillance records. The defense and media were thrown out. The public had already been told before the [...]

Government Is Wrong to Impose Secrecy & Deny Defendants Access to ‘Foreign Surveillance Materials’

By: Friday May 9, 2014 5:29 pm

Two prominent civil liberties organizations filed a brief urging a federal district court judge to uphold a landmark decision granting a young Muslim accused of “attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction” access to government surveillance records. Adel Daoud was arrested outside a Chicago bar in an undercover FBI sting operation. His defense team [...]

FBI Routinely Questions People, Like Business Owners, About Palestinian Activism in Chicago Community

By: Thursday May 8, 2014 8:26 pm

Two FBI agents entered a small business run by a Palestinian American in the Chicago area last week and tried to ask him questions about two activists, who have been targets of the United States government. The encounter was reported in a statement by United States Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) and the Committee to Stop [...]

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